Published by Vintage on September 5, 2023
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Grave Expectations
Loved this! When Claire’s posh mate from uni, Figgy, hires her to be the entertainment at her Nana’s birthday party, Claire wasn’t expecting to solve a murder.
Claire’s a medium, a talent that has left her isolated except for her constant ghostly companion, Sophie. I loved the relationship between the two who started off as childhood friends and then after Sophie went missing, her ghost showed up and they’ve been together ever since.
Once at the party, Claire and Sophie discover that at last year’s party a murder was committed. Now they have the victim’s ghost which is so traumatized it can’t communicate, Figgy and her family as suspects, and several possible victims. The only bright spot is that Figgy’s brother, Basher, is a former police detective and while he’s a nonbeliever, he agrees that something odd went on and agrees to help. So, along with Alex, Basher’s nonbinary nibling, the four start investigating.
My thoughts about Grave Expectations
So much humor! From Sophie’s teenage snark to Claire trying to explain why she’s talking to a seemingly empty room when she’s really talking with Sophie. The banter is fabulous.
The mysteries are intriguing – it’s a great twist to know that a murder’s been committed but to not know who it is or even have a body. Lots of suspects with lots of secrets and potential motives.
Great fall vibes with an isolated manor house complete with ruins, a cemetery, and a hidden room, ghosts, and a seance.
Thank you Vintage Anchor for the ARC of Grave Expectations.